My Gentle Readers,

I would like to inform you that recent hardware rescue efforts have been rather successful.

As a fortunate consequence I am now able to post again. So in my next entry, I will try to explain why I – contrary to most German commentators – believe the Israeli policy to militarily weaken Hamas and other extremist groups could actually be helpful for a peace process in the Middle East, should it ever be complemented by one crucial ingredient – real hope for a real solution.